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April, 40 days, Central London Employment Tribunal
For the claimant Dizaei:
Littleton Chambers’ Michael Duggan, instructed by Eddie Parladorio of PSB Law
For the respondent MPS:
11KBW’s Clive Sheldon QC and Patrick Halliday instructed by Laurence Gluck of the MPS
For the respondent the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police:
Matrix Chambers’ Thomas Linden QC and Devereux Chambers’ Alison Padfield, instructed by Gluck for the MPS
This 40-day race discrimination and victimisation claim will put the conduct of the higher ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) under the court’s spotlight.
The employment claim is being pursued by former MPS commander Dr Ali Dizaei against the MPS.
As well as being an MPS commander, Dizaei was president of the National Black Police Officers Association.
When Dizaei fell under suspicion of misconduct and perverting the course of justice he was suspended from duty in September 2008. The following March he was formally dismissed from the force.
Dizaei claims his suspension and a number of decisions not to promote him were acts of race discrimination and victimisation resulting from his work for theNational Black Police Officers Association.
Race has been a contentious issue for the MPS since the publications of the MacPherson Report. The 1999 inquiry into the MPS investigation of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence concluded that the force was “institutionally racist”.
The MPS says that it has made big strides in improving race relations since then. Dizaei disputes this.
The outcome of the case, in which former MPS commissioners including Sir Ian Blair and Sir Paul Stephenson will appear, will be a critical test for the force.